The Future of Austin Lakes

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With Austin being the fastest growing city in the nation, the questions begs, what does the future hold for Austin’s lakes? Currently, in times of drought, the state has difficulty supplying enough water for the current population. This has led the City of Austin to adopt a “Water Forward” initiative. This initiative is a 100- year water plan that could ensure all Austinites have access to water.

The Water Forward initiative has a strong focus on water conservation and increasing the use of water-efficient products. This initiative also utilizes non-traditional sources of water. Examples of non-traditional sources of water are rain water, storm water and waste water. You can utilize these non-traditional sources in areas such as watering lawns, in your toilet, or for washing you clothes. These would save millions of gallons of potable water every year. These simple goals can help achieve long term sustainability of Austin and surrounding areas even in times of drought.

Rest assured that the City of Austin is doing everything they can to make sure our lakes stay full and beautiful. We encourage you to take part in Water Forward thinking to help conserve our currently full lakes.

We hope that you enjoy your time out on the lake! If you are looking to get your boat looking sparkling new, please reach out to us at any time. (512)963-3290.

Green Goddess!

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These days more and more boat manufacturers are including special details in their designs to stand out. Whether that’s a collapsible tower, removable bimini, state-of-the-art sound system or impressive aesthetics, it’s a game of who can produce the most impressive product in an ever-growing competitive market.

This Centurion is no exception! The bold green and dense flake of the exterior gel coat makes this a stunner on and off the water. Check out this video of our process taking her from good to great!

Happy 4th of July!

The 4th of July means hotdogs, fireworks and most importantly time at the lake! This week we kept busy getting everyone’s toys ready to party this weekend.

We had an amazing black-sparkle Centurion come in for a full exterior detail and ceramic coating, a gorgeous Malibu 22LSV do a full exterior detail and ceramic coating, tower and window coating and a unique McLaren sports car do a detail and 5-year coating as well!

Our shop was hustle and bustle all week long but we managed to get everything done by the deadline so our staff can enjoy our 4th on the lake with our clients!

Take a look at these works of art. We had so much fun working on them this week. Next week is going to be even busier!

Marvelous Malibu!

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This Malibu came to us from the factory, so you’d think she’d be perfect right? Unfortunately not! As good as Malibu is at making wonderful boats, they don’t always look perfect when they arrive at your door.

That’s the main reason that we do a test spots on every single boat that we see, whether it’s a 2020, or 1990. Every boat is different and our trained technicians will diagnose exactly what is needed upon arrival at your boat.

It may take some extra time and effort, but going the extra mile is what Boat Beautiful is all about, and the results speak for themselves!

Busy summer!

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It was a very busy week here at Boat Beautiful! We’ve got a bigger staff than ever, so we can handle the craziness of this summer. In our shop this week we had three AMAZING boats come in for full details and ceramic coatings.

After a single-stage polish these babies are shining! Especially the flake finish really shows off how well the detail and ceramic coat lock in the beauty of a boat.

Take a look at these pics!

Going the extra mile!

Usually, we ceramic coat in our private, enclosed shop. This way we can control the elements, and make sure the coating is as immaculate as possible. But, for bigger boats, sometimes that’s not possible.

This week we ceramic coated a 42′ Regal. This was far too big to fit indoors, so we had to get creative. The boat was in a covered slip, so we didn’t need to worry about rain so much, (plus living in Central Texas, it almost never rains!) But, we did have the challenge of how to polish and coat the sides of the hull that we couldn’t reach from the dock, or from leaning over the rails on the side.

This is where we excel. We are great at creative problem solving, and making sure the job gets done right! We reached out to our friends at local marina stores and found one of these, a BOTE floating pad.

We got her blown up, tied off to the boat, and our technician sat atop the water and went to work! She turned out absolutely beautiful and we couldn’t have been happier with the success of our solution.

Product Recommendation

So many people come to us asking what to use to maintain their details. After our technicians spend sometimes multiple days on a detail, people want them to last as long as possible. So, here are our recommendations for getting the most out of your details!

  1. Wipe down your boat after every use. The best defense against water spots is keeping your boat free of the calcium buildup that our lakes are full of. Wipe down your boat with something PH balanced, so your wax doesn’t get stripped. We recommend our Ceramic Infused Water Spot Remover, or CCT spray for short. It’s specially formulated not to damage your boat, while providing strong water spot removal and even the added benefits of ceramic. You can find yours here.
  2. We also love Hula Boat Care products! They’re marine safe and work wonders. Some of our favorite products are the Wipeout Vinyl Cleaner and Conditioner and the Chill Mold Retardant. They are awesome to keep around to freshen up the boat between details. You can find Hula products here.
  3. The last thing that we recommend is getting on a regular detail schedule. We offer Bi-weekly, Monthly and Bi-monthly service to maintain your detail. We will keep everything sparkling for you and even keep up with your wax application between uses.

All in all, getting a detail is just the beginning of making your Boat Beautiful! Let us know how we can customize a solution that works for you.

What to do about Water Spots

We’ve all been there. Out for a day on the lake with the family and friends, everything is going well until you go to park her for the day. You get her up on the lift and notice hard, ugly water spots all over your exterior.

The lakes in Central Texas have some of the hardest calcium around. That makes those awful spots more prevalent, and more sticky.

If you just leave them there, they can turn into “hard” water spots, where the calcium actually eats away at the gel coat on your boat’s exterior and can cause serious damage that can cost thousands to fix.

Many people take to wiping down their boats after each use, which is the best way to make sure you don’t let those spots set in. But what do you use to wipe her down?

We’ve formulated a Ceramic Infused Water Spot Remover to solve this problem. The formula is designed to eat away at water spots without hurting your gel coat in any way, and the extra layer of Ceramic Coating acts as a protective layer for you as well.

Try yours here and let us know what you think!

Family on the Lake

With kids these days being so busy, it’s hard to carve out any true family time. Between school, sports, clubs and the ever-present phone all vying for attention. How are families supposed to spend any quality time together?

That’s where boats come in. Load the boat up with the whole family, disconnect from the rest of the world and make some memories that you’ll cherish forever.

So many families have adopted this model of quality time that it’s almost more common to see a boat full of kids in life jackets than a boat full of adults with beers. It’s effective, it’s easy, and in Central Texas it’s local.

After the big family weekend on the boat, she may look a little worse for the wear. That’s where we come in. She’ll need to have the chips vacuumed out of the carpet, the windows wiped of sticky prints and the outside wiped down from the calcium in the lake.

Give Boat Beautiful a call and we’ll get her back to looking great! (512) 963-3290

Get your boat ready for summer!

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April 15 means one thing to most Americans: Tax day. But for my family it meant something completely different. April 15 is the first day that the lake is warm enough to swim in! Now obviously this isn’t an exact science, since it’s close to summer temps all year round in Central Texas, but nonetheless April 15 is quickly approaching and you’re going to need to be lake ready.
If your boat has been sitting in the slip, dry stack, or in your backyard for these last few months you should be thinking about what shape it’ll be in come that first day on the lake. No one wants to spend the first day of sunshine and blue skies washing and waxing in preparation for the fun. So, here are some super simple steps to insure that your first lake day goes off without a hitch.

-Start her up
Give your boat a good test start and make sure everything whirrs back to life. Sitting in the slip for 6 to 8 months can drain a battery or inverter easily. Make sure she is all gassed up and ready to roll!

-Look for repairs needed
Give your boat a once-over. You never know if a possum made your cruiser its home for the winter. Look for tears in upholstery, nicks in the gel coat and any oxidation that could have formed while you were away.

-Get her cleaned up
This is the easiest part. Call Boat Beautiful. Our trained technicians will come out to you anywhere in Central Texas to give your boat a full detail. We’re going to Scrub, UV protect, and condition your seats, lift up those seats and clean everything underneath, taking care of all compartments, vacuum all carpeting, clean all chrome and stainless steel, clean your windows, clean tower and bimini (if you have them,) and we will also wash your cover. For the exterior we will asses what she needs and apply a series of compounds and waxes to best bring back your gel coat’s original shine.

-Protect her shine
The best thing you can do to protect your boat’s original shine and make cleaning her up all season a breeze is Ceramic Coating. Ceramic Coating is a nanotechnology that beads and repels water, but most of all will make your boat much easier to maintain. You’ll cut your lake preparation in half if you invest in Ceramic Coating for your vessel, and that means more time on the lake with your friends and family.
Boat maintenance is an ongoing and tedious process. We can eliminate the most difficult parts for you with our detailing and Ceramic Coating services. Give us a call!.

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